Kyle McKenzie currently serves as Assistant Professor at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). He holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. McKenzie was specifically selected as Lead Muralist for the Joplin East Town Mural Project due to his leadership and management of other public mural projects. He was the Lead Artist on the Webb City Farmers Market Community Mural, where he engaged community members in collaborative design and coordinated community painting with over 100 volunteers and assistants. This resulted from his work in 2011 as the Local Artist Apprentice under Artist-in-Residence Dave Loewenstein. McKenzie closely participated in every step of 3 month long community mural process, including drawing workshops with over 200 local children, public feedback sessions, community painting with over 275 volunteers, media interaction, site selection, design process, and final execution.
Devon Estes will serve as Assistant Muralist for the JET Mural Project. She graduated from Cornell with her BA in art, and earned her MFA in graphic design from Iowa State University. Estes has been an Assistant Professor at MSSU since 2011, specializing in graphic arts. Her teaching has taken her abroad to Sweden and the UK to study contemporary art and design. She is currently acting as a Community Mentor for a Webb City High School student’s design/animation senior project, and enjoys arts education with youth.
Jennifer Journeycake will serve as Student Intern for the JET Mural Project. She is a senior at MSSU, and has developed an interest in murals through her work on the Downtown Gateway Mural, where she assisted in the design process, and the Blasters Stadium Mural, where she was a lead designer and painter. Journeycake is active in: Focal Point Art Club, Treasurer; Missouri Southern Clay Club, 39Fifty Design Club, and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
Josie Mai will serve as Education Coordinator/Evaluator for the JET Mural Project. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS who teaches K-12 art education and museum education. She also curates and develops programming and interpretive materials for the PSU Museum of Art’s Art Connectors Community Gallery. She created the Beehive Collaborative, a local art studio, and coordinated the educational efforts of the Joplin Community Mural in 2011. Her experiences as an artist, a K-12 teacher and a university level professor help her provide expertise with the assessment and educational components of this artist-in-residence/community-based mural project. As an artist, she continues to develop her artwork, curate, and exhibit her works. She is a member of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition. She received a BSE in art education from the University of Kansas and a MFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has taught art to urban and suburban high school students in the Kansas City area’s public schools and not-for-profit organizations such as Studio 150 and Chameleon, Inc. in addition to teaching at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in Springfield. She currently serves on the exhibition committee at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin.